Brooklyn’s first drive-through coronavirus testing site opens in Coney Island
UPDATE: As of March 22, this testing site is no longer operating, according to NYC Health and Hospitals. H+H is no longer testing by appointment and is instead using its testing locations on a priority basis to help divert patients from hospital emergency departments. People with mild symptoms of COVID-19 are advised to stay indoors and only seek hospitalization if they are severely ill.
Brooklyn’s first drive-through testing site for the novel coronavirus opened Friday morning as a way to ease stress on emergency rooms from patients seeking testing.
The Coney Island site is operating Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ida G. Israel Clinic at 2925 W 19th St. (the entrance is on W 20th Street), and is by appointment only. The drive-through is the second location run by Coney Island Hospital to offer testing outside of the hospital facility. A testing center opened outside the hospital for the same purpose.
“We’re just trying to ensure that people can be taken care of without flooding the hospital facility itself,” said Rosanne Mottola, assistant director of public affairs at Coney Island Hospital. “If we can do this and have people just stay in their cars and get tested without the potential of spreading whatever they may have, that is a win-win for us.”